ERIC Number: EJ1075033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
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Riots and Reactions: Hypocrisy and Disaffiliation?
Hedge, Nicki; Mackenzie, Alison
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v49 n3 p329-346 Aug 2015
The August 2011 riots in England occasioned widespread condemnation from government and the media. Here, we apply the concepts of hypocrisy and affiliation to explore reactions to these riots. Initially acknowledging that politics necessitates a degree of hypocrisy, we note that some forms of hypocrisy are indefensible: they compromise integrity. With rioters condemned as thugs and members of a feral underclass, some reactions exemplified forms of corrosive hypocrisy that deflected attention away from economic, social and cultural problems. Moreover, such reactions omitted to attend to the concept of [dis]affiliation amongst young rioters. Accordingly, we look to the role that education might play in re-affiliating those who do not feel they belong to, or have a sufficient stake in, society. Whilst our focus is on the riots in England, the exploration of hypocrisy and affiliation, and discussion of education for re-affiliation, transcends that national context.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Violence, Group Behavior, Conflict, Antisocial Behavior, Social Attitudes, Beliefs, Deception, Social Problems, Youth, Role of Education, Socialization
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)